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My "150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address"
12-01-2013, 09:49 AM
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RE: My "150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address"

I think you're absolutely correct. Studying the Gettysburg Address as literature would generally preclude studying the context immediately in favor of the rhythm and cadence and word choice. Later, one could bring in context to see how Lincoln tied various historical events to the speech, and even could compare and contrast Edward Everett's oration compared to Lincoln. As I read the standard, it doesn't forbid historical context, but merely delays it.


Abraham Lincoln in the only man, dead or alive, with whom I could have spent five years without one hour of boredom.
--Ida M. Tarbell

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RE: My "150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address" - Rob Wick - 12-01-2013 09:49 AM

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